Stat of the Day: ERA leaders since the beginning of 2009

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Clayton Kershaw’s latest masterpiece got me thinking about where he ranks among the best pitchers in baseball. And not just this season, but during the past 2-3 years.

In three seasons as a full-time member of the Dodgers’ rotation Kershaw has posted ERAs of 2.79, 2.91, and now 2.72, with 564 strikeouts compared to just 389 hits allowed in 521 total innings.

Here’s how his ERA ranks among all MLB starters with at least 500 innings since 2009:

                        IP      ERA
Felix Hernandez        640     2.59
Roy Halladay           637     2.60
CLAYTON KERSHAW        521     2.82
Tim Lincecum           574     2.93
Chris Carpenter        564     2.99

Some pretty decent company, huh?

Kershaw is the only guy on that list without a Cy Young award, although with the way he’s pitching that could change this season. When he doesn’t start the Dodgers are 30-47, yet Kershaw is 11-4 with a 2.72 ERA and league-leading 167 strikeouts in 146 innings. Oh, and he’s also 23 years old.